We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Entertaining onsite tour”

Royal Observatory Greenwich
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Royal Observatory and Thames River Cruise in London
Ranked #137 of 1,631 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the courtyard of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, which was founded in 1675 by King Charles II.
Level Contributor
81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Entertaining onsite tour”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

To get here via public transport, you'll need to take 3 underground trains from the city which took about 50 minutes or so. Get off at Cuttysark station and walk about 10 minutes to the park. There's some great cafes and stores along the way so take your time and go window shopping.

When you reach the park, its a 10 minute walk uphill to the observatory. Entry to the observatory is 7 pounds. Stand on the Prime Meridian then explore the time exhibits. Listen out for the onsite tour (it's free!) and head out to the courtyard for an entertaining performance by the onsite tour guide. Definitely puts all the information together that you've read about in the exhibits.

Check out the Planetarium for hands on exhibits. Great for the kids!

There's a cafe at the Planetarium but can be a bit pricey so pack a lunch and have a picnic in the park.

Visited February 2013
Thank Katrina T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,439 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
154 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A special add-on to another attraction”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

We only realised when we were leaving the National Maritime Museum that the Observatory was very close by and decided we couldn't leave without seeing this historical site. The walk up was lovely and it was great to see so many people out and about and enjoying this lovely resource. We could see where the various Olympic events had been held during the Summer. We only visited the parts of the site that were free of charge but even that much was great. We saw the Meridian from outside its enclosure but felt we'd been there all the same. We only spent about an hour but it was a well spent hour. The gift shop was not really to our taste with most things on offer being quite expensive. And anything that wasn't, was a bit tacky to be honest.

Our companions took loads of photos and expressed their own embarrassment at being English and only having visited when they were with Irish friends. We were highly amused.

The whole area looked lovely and the little town itself was really nice. We toured a little market and even managed to find a couple of Christmas presents which were well received.

Visited December 2012
Thank contactcarmel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Warsaw, Poland
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Must to see for travelling, geography, maths or science geeks”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Absolutely to go! It's a must to see for travelling, geography, maths or science geeks.
The GMT and the Prime Meridian was so revolutionary concepts that it's nice to see setting in which all of that started. Nice clock there and line on the ground. You need to climb the hill, but view is rewarding.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank przkra
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“great views”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

After climbing the hill in the bitter cold the views from the top of the hill were fantastic. If you aren't heavily into astronomy this may not be the place for you. Lots of history but its a bit too technical in parts. The souvenir shop had few mid range priced souvenirs and some were downright tacky. Probably wouldn't trouble going back again.

Visited February 2013
Thank Alsowran
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bengaluru, India
Level Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Only one reason to go - stand on 0,0,0”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Greenwich is certainly not top of your list when you are visiting London.. But I think it is worth a visit.
Tell you why

You get to stand on the gmt line. That is the highlight .You feel good .. You pay. 7 Gbp for that . There is a museum
Which initially you like it. Later you get bored. If you r in physics or astrophysics , then you will enjoy the museum.

The view from observatory is amazing. It is one of the best view of london. You get to see the skyscrapers at canary wharf .

Royal Navy college and the museum is quite a treat. And it is free. Queen room is slightly disappointing.

The park and so much greenery around that you will like walking around and spending some time there.

City sark is nearby .that is a restored ship. You can see from outside. Worth taking few pics.

Greenwich pier ferrys to tower bridge and london eye. The route is quite long and you will enjoy the trip. You also get a chance to cruise below d tower bridge.

I heard that there is a street tat goes below d Thames river connecting Greenwich. You might consider walking below the river .

Visited January 2013
Thank Nilmov
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Royal Observatory Greenwich also viewed


Been to Royal Observatory Greenwich? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing